Freeport, Graham County team for new signs on Norton Road

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GRAHAM COUNTY — A joint effort between Freeport-McMoRan and Graham County aims to reduce speed on a busy county road.

Freeport recently donated two solar-powered speed radar signs to the county to be used on Norton Road.

Freeport-McMoRan Safford General Manager Jeff Montieth said the mining giant was looking to repurpose two speed signs and saw this as an opportunity to partner with the community.

“Over the past few years, with increased activity at the site for the Lone Star project, there have been associated increases in traffic from contractors, carriers and even our employees. Given those increases for a residential area like Norton, this seemed like a great starting point for a partnership with the county Highway Department, and we’re grateful they were willing to work with us,” he said.

Graham County Manager Dustin Welker said he believes the signs will help alleviate concerns about traffic speed residents in the area have expressed to the county.

“Given that law enforcement is spread thin across such a large geography, engineered safety controls such as these signs are a helpful resource to influence driving behaviors by reminding motorists about the speed zone changes on Norton. We are very grateful to Freeport-McMoRan for providing the resources for this improvement, and we appreciate our continuous partnership with them,”  Welker said.